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Crohns Disease

Did You Notice Symptoms of Crohns Disease? Here Are Factors That Trigger the Symptoms

Crohns Disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Inflammation can be localized to the ileocecal region of the bowel, where the small intestine meets the large intestine, but as my Crohn’s clients will say, painful ulcerations can arise anywhere between mouth and anus. I understand that the specific cause of Crohn’s is undetermined, we do know that the illness is mediated by inflammation caused by an autoimmune response in the body. By autoimmune, I mean the immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues, and for those with Crohns that means pain, cellular damage as well as visible lesions in the bowel that’s why I would recommend you CONTACT me to explain your unique case. (1)

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In Crohn’s disease, our immune system attacks our gastrointestinal tract thus damaging the villi (the valleys and troughs of our GI tract) that increase the surface area of our gut so we can best absorb nutrients. Once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, I will break down all possible symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, fever, abdominal pain, chronic and bloody diarrhea, a bloated feeling in the abdomen, and rectal bleeding. Due to chronic inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract, inflammation can also cause the formation of gallstones and/or kidney stones. (2)

Factors That Trigger Crohns Disease

So many factors contribute to the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease by influencing its evolution due to interaction with the intestinal microflora and the immune system. From my wealth of experience, I noticed that it’s an interaction of factors that a malfunctioning immune response, genetics, and the environment (including microorganisms and food) likely all play a role in the development of the disease. Here are some of important risk factors:

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Immune System

A main characteristic of Crohn’s disease is chronic inflammation. Inflammation is the result of a working immune system and its response to outside invaders such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and anything the body labels as foreign. I have read several study states that Crohn’s disease may start as a normal response to an outside invader. Then the immune system fails to shut off after the problem is resolved, resulting in chronic inflammation. (3)

Another thing I observed is that the lining of the intestinal tract is abnormal when there’s excess inflammation. These changes seem to interfere with how the immune system functions that’s why I recommend you CONTACT me for more support. When your immune system attacks normal parts of your body, it’s called an autoimmune disorder. This abnormal lining may also have a role in the body’s overreaction to other things in the environment. The immune system may be activated by mistaking certain protein or carbohydrate structures on some foods for an invading organism or some of your body’s own tissue. (4)

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Genetics

Over 160 gene locations have been identified in relationship to IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). There’s also an overlap in genetic changes between individuals with Crohn’s disease and those with ulcerative colitis. From my research, a lot of scientists are convinced that genetics play a large role in the development of Crohn’s disease.

 

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) says that, according to studies, 5 to 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a first-degree relative (a parent, child, or sibling) with the disease. I observed that Crohn’s disease is more common in people of Northern European and Anglo-Saxon descent and is many times more common in Jewish people of European descent, also called Ashkenazi Jews, than in the rest of the population. (5)

Crohn’s occurs much less frequently in central and southern Europe, and less still in South America, Asia, and Africa. It’s beginning to occur more frequently in blacks and Latin Americans living in North America. From these evidence I can conclude that heredity alone isn’t always responsible but I will recommend your CONTACT me to explain your unique case.

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Environment

Do you know that Crohn’s is more common in industrialized nations and in urban areas? I observed that people who live in northern climates seem to have a greater risk of developing the disease. This shows that environmental factors such as pollution, stressors to the immune system, and a Western diet may play a role. So many research also suggests that when particular genes interact with certain things in the environment, the likelihood for developing Crohn’s disease goes up. (6)

Cigarette smoking

According to the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis, research suggests that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s disease than nonsmokers. I observed that the increased risk is likely due to the interaction between smoking and the immune system, along with a variety of other genetic and environmental factors. However, if you have Crohn’s and smoke, you’re more likely to have more frequent flares, have more challenges with medication, and require surgery but once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation for further support. A 10-year study showed that those with Crohn’s disease who smoked were 29 percent more likely to need surgery than those with Crohn’s who didn’t smoke. (7)

Summary

A functional medicine approach to any autoimmune condition, and certainly in the case of Crohn’s, is to find the root causes of inflammation and address them by supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Triggers which can cause or worsen exacerbations like some specific foods, disturbances in the microbiome involving bacteria, yeast, parasites or viruses, increased intestinal permeability (sometimes referred to as leaky gut) or insufficient beneficial bacteria. I will recommend you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where would discuss a plan that meets your needs and discuss other lifestyle changes such as nutrition, exercise, mind body practices and supportive supplements for my clients based on their unique case.

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Are you tired of masking your symptoms with harsh medications and want to get to the root cause of Crohn’s Disease? You could take charge of your health today with a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation if you or your loved ones are seeking relief from symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care recommendations and and give recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. Be rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!

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